Umoona and Coober Pedy, South Australia
Umoona Community Arts Centre is an Indigenous-owned and governed organisation, located in Umoona community, Coober Pedy, in the north of South Australia. Established in 2020, Umoona Arts joins neighbouring art centres on the APY Lands with the central aim of building capacity for sustainable employment pathways through the art centre. Since its formation, artists have worked tirelessly and with a collective passion and focus to make their dream of owning and operating a permanent art centre a reality.
Umoona community is diverse, with artists from different language groups across the central desert working alongside those who have always called Umoona and Coober Pedy home. Over 30 artists, aged from 16-70 work at Umoona Arts. Umoona artists embrace a variety of mediums, including acrylic paint on linen, punu and carving (traditional woodwork), tjanpi (fibre weaving) and ceramics, with works demonstrating a diversity of styles alongside a vibrant use of colour and energetic mark making.
Early-career artists from Umoona Arts that have exhibited through APY Gallery include Charmaine Mungkari, Christine Lennon, George Cooley, Hayley O’Toole, Jeannie Minunga, Jeannie and Kay Finn Collaborative, Joanne O’Toole, Kay Finn, Keith Minunga, Molisha Lennon, Myra Kumantjara, Patricia Fatt, Pauline Lewis Parrott, Pearl Austin, Sandra Minunga, Sylvana Marks, Tanya Van Horen, Terrance Windlass.